Originally Posted by WhatThePho?
Electricians got it rough in this economy. My buddys dad was a Foreman. He knows his shit, but places won't hire him because he's Union, and he was a Foreman so they don't want to give him a High pay. Most of those places rather hire some kid fresh out of a tech school or Community college because they can pay them less.
You don't get paid for how much work you can perform for the company, you get paid for the knowledge you know.
If somebody fresh out of tech school knows there shit, experience is nothing in the world of trades far as that...I know of people fresh out of school who applied for positions that say minimum 4 years experience...got the job because they know there shit.
I know MY shit, I'm 21 years old and I've only been working at my current company for 9 months..but I'm in a pretty high pay scale because they pay me for the knowledge I know....which in return provides gains for the company.
No offense but companies don't higher as many older people for various reasons. One is called benefits, specifically health. Other is who knows how long they will stick around. Younger people tend to stick around to a job that involves a dedicated skilled trade.
and if that young person was smart, they wouldn't work for less pay anyway...if my company tried doing that, I'd find another company and it wouldn't be hard...because of my knowledge.
Experience doesn't mean as much in trades these days IMO, as it did 20 years ago.